POW/MIA PROGRAM 2012-2013
PURPOSE: To impliment programs at Post, District and Department levels that will raise and intensify awareness of the POW/MIA issue among our members and within our communities.
1.) To achieve the fullest possible accounting of American service personnel who are missing in action, and the return of those held as prisioners of war.
2.) To assist the families of POW/MIA service personnel.
METHODS: Veterans of Foreign Wars, including the Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries, should maintain high visibility of the POW/MIA issue.
1.) Fly or display the POW/MIA flag at your post.
2.) Incluse the POW/MIA flag in your color guard.
3.) Appoint a POW/MIA Chairman who will do the job, NOT just accept the position.
4.) Disseminate reliable information to your membership, utilizing your every means of communication with your membership and community, such as your bulletin board, newsletter, website,Facebook, Tweeter and regular reports at meetings.
5.) Include your community leadership in your functions and events. Example: Arrange a City Proclamationfor POW/MIA Recognition Day or week. Invite the Mayor or Representatives to attend the ceremonies. Inform the local media about the activities and be prepared to answer questions about the POW/MIA issue.
REPORTS ans AWARDS
No formal reports are required.However it is suggested you send information about any/all POW/MIA events to the Department POW/MIA Chairman, through your District POW/MIA Chairperson so we can use that data as a basis for awards at the 2013 Department Convention. Please include news articles, pictures and/or other pertinemt documentation if possible.
* * *Citations will be awarded for outstanding participation in POW/MIA programs.
(NOTE:...This would be in addition to your regular Community Service Reports and any articles could be sent to CITadmin@VFWNY.com for publication in the Department Newsletter)
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is the thire (3rd) Friday in September....September 21, 2012.
Keep yourself and your membership informed. A very reliable source of information is the National Alliance of POW/MIA Families ... on line at WWW.NationalAlliance.org . To receive their on line newsletter "Bits N Pieces", E-Mail ... Lynn@NationalAlliance.org
For assistance with your program feel free to contact me at any time.
YOUR SUPPORT FOR ALL VFW PROGRAMS IS NEEDED!
Department POW/MIA Chairman: Pat Iuliucci, 112 Lambert Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Phone: (516) 668-7383
In military use, no more than two flags may be on a single pole.
There is no official guideline for civilian use. The order, generally, is as follows, seen top to bottom:US flag POW/MIA state flags (host state first, then others in the order of admission) US territories (Washington DC, Puerto Rico, etc.) Military (in order of establishment: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard) other.
The POW/MIA Ceremony can be downloded from this link.